SAVOY: WWII Historical Fiction Event Featuring James R. Benn (When Hell Struck Twelve) and Beatriz Williams (The Golden Hour)

Savoy Bookshop & Café presents a World War II historical fiction discussion featuring James R. Benn and Beatriz Williams, as part of the "Peace, Remembrance, Hope" series hosted by the Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly throughout September. Benn is the author of When Hell Struck Twelve, the latest in his Billy Boyle mystery series, and Beatriz Williams is the bestselling author of many books, including the World War II-era historical novels The Golden Hour and Along the Infinite Sea. This event is free and open to the public.

About the Authors

Beatriz Williams is a New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction. A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA in Finance from Columbia University, Williams worked as a communications and corporate strategy consultant in New York and London before she turned her attention to writing novels that combine her passion for history with an obsessive devotion to voice and characterization. Williams' books have won numerous awards, have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and appear regularly in bestseller lists around the world.  Born in Seattle, Washington, she now lives near the Connecticut shore with her husband and four children, where she divides her time between writing and laundry.  Visit her online at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter and Instagram at @authorbeatriz.

James R. Benn is the author of the Billy Boyle World War II mysteries. The debut, Billy Boyle, was named one of five top mysteries of 2006 by Book Sense and was a Dilys Award nominee, A Blind Goddess was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, The Rest Is Silence was a Barry Award nominee, and The Devouring was a Macavity Award nominee. Benn, a former librarian, splits his time between the Gulf Coast of Florida and Connecticut with his wife, Deborah Mandel.


Event date: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Savoy Bookshop & Café
10 Canal St.
Westerly, RI 02891
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ISBN: 9780062834751
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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When Hell Struck Twelve (A Billy Boyle WWII Mystery #14) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616959630
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Published: Soho Crime - September 3rd, 2019

In the 14th Billy Boyle mystery, US Army detective Billy Boyle and Lieutenant Kazimierz travel into the heart of Nazi-occupied Paris on a dangerous mission: ensure a traitor to the French Resistance unwittingly carries out a high-stakes deception campaign.